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Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados
Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitscheck, 2041
WTJK – Torre D – 6º andar
CEP 04543-011

Brazil > Real estate Tier 1

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados has a leading reputation for real estate advice and litigation. This includes major acquisitions and development projects, registration rectification, financings and related capital markets work. Founding partner Marcelo Terra has over 40 years' experience and remains one of the best-known lawyers in the market. Guilherme Caffaro Terra is active on the transactional and capital markets side, while the versatile Natália Japur handles non-contentious and contentious matters, alongside José Carlos Baptista Puoli, who is also busy on the disputes side. The firm also has several newer partners coming through the ranks, including Helena Mendonça de Toledo Arruda in debt and capital markets, and Natalie Collet Feitosa Lange in real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Terra; Guilherme Caffaro Terra


‘The firm stands out in the real estate area in Brazil. It is a reference in technical  and legal knowledge.’

‘The team is technical and prepared for support in transactions. They have ease of getting involved in the commercial issues involving the business, which helps a lot.’

‘Marcelo Terra, for his incomparable knowledge of real estate law. Guilherme Terra for understanding the business of customers and understanding the concept of partnership. Gabriel Bortolato, extremely dedicated lawyer, with good level and great focus on diligence. Helena Arruda for her good technical level and knowledge of capital market regulation.’

Key clients


Construtora Andrade Gutierrez

Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo

Cury Construtora




Sdi Desenvolvimento Imobiliário



Tegra Incorporadora

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Tegra Incorporadora in a case concerning a permit to continue the construction of a condominium project.
  • Assisted Tecnisa in a R$165m lawsuit concerning a commercial partnership agreement for development projects.
  • Represented Setin and Cyrela in a R$181m dispute concerning allegedly unpaid profits linked to a real estate project.

Brazil > Public law Tier 5

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados houses a team of specialists in all types of contracts and administrative proceedings at the federal, state and local levels. Companies from regulated industries, including waste management, aviation, energy, construction and transport, are at the core of the group's client base. With strong consultancy and litigation capabilities, the practice advises on concessions, PPPs, procurement and anti-corruption claims. Luis Eduardo Serra Netto leads the department, which also includes Paola Szanto, whose areas of expertise cover long-term public concessions, infrastructure projects and public contracts.

Practice head(s):

Luis Eduardo Serra Netto


‘Knowledge of the reality of the infrastructure market and its actors; personalised service; technical knowledge of administrative law.’

‘Luis Eduardo Serra Netto treats each theme as if it were the only one. Another characteristic that I like personally is the fact that he has an informal approach, without, however, losing his seriousness and competence. Paola Szanto has great technical skills.’

Key clients


EcoUrbis Ambiental

Renovias Concessionária

Consórcio Viaduto do Chá

Consórcio Mercado Novo SP

Grupo Enob

Contracta Engenharia

BM Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Genetec do Brasil Informática

ECO 050

Work highlights

  • Supported Consórcio Viaduto do Chá in securing a victory in a public bid to revitalise and upgrade Anhangabaú, a central area in the city of São Paulo, to allow it to receive big events and provide leisure alternatives to citizens.
  • Acted for EcoUrbis Ambiental in securing a 12% raise in the monthly payments it receives for providing waste management services for the city of São Paulo.
  • Advised JCDecaux on a public bidding to providing street clocks and advertisement panels to the city of Campinas.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 7

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados‘ dispute resolution group is well placed to act on behalf of companies in a range of sectors and public figures in litigation. Its recent caseload includes cases involving environmental claims, contractual issues and real estate-related disputes, illustrating the team’s broad capabilities in these and other areas. Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins focuses on civil proceedings and digital law. Wilson de Toledo Silva Junior is another contact for judicial litigation. Founding partner Mário Sérgio Duarte Garcia  sadly passed away in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfins


‘Very well structured firm, excellent customer service, and its professionals, in addition to solid legal knowledge, are extremely dedicated and focused on seeking the best result and client satisfaction.’

‘Daniel Sanfins is an excellent professional and is always available to guide the client in the search for the best result.’

‘The firm has a range of extremely technical professionals, who are very well prepared to solve problems. They are open to suggestions and think completely outside the box.’

‘Daniel Sanfins is extremely accessible, highly technically trained, and extremely strategic.’

‘Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto and Terra combines legal understanding with attention and dedication to clients.’

Key clients

Opportunity Group


Home Health Fornecimento de Insfraestrutura de Apoio e Assistência ao Paciente no Domicílio

InterCement Brasil

Metrus – Instituto de Seguridade Social

São Carlos Empreendimentos e Participações

Atena – Tecnologias em Energia Natural

Enob Group

Grupo Libra

Copersucar – Cooperativa de Produtores de Cana-de-Açúcar, Açúcar e Álcool do Estado de São Paulo

Work highlights

  • Acted for Parcom Participações in filing a civil lawsuit against Telefônica Brasil, claiming compensation for dividends that were not paid to the client.
  • Represents Metrus Instituto de Seguridade Social, a pension fund institute for the employees of the subway company that serves the city of São Paulo (São Paulo Metro) in a lawsuit filed by a human resources company.
  • Represents Capital Construções e Dragagens, a well-known civil engineering company, in a lawsuit filed against a public bank, claiming the termination of a contract entered into by the parties.

Composed of some of the nation’s most renowned attorneys in their practice areas, Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra is a law firm with 34 partners and 32 associates located in São Paulo, Brazil. Duarte Garcia also has an office in Brasília and maintains associations with law firms in Portugal. Led by Mário Sérgio Duarte Garcia, Marcelo Terra, Mário de Barros Duarte Garcia and Luis Eduardo Serra Netto, the firm has an experienced and successful litigation practice at all levels of jurisdiction, with relevant experience petitioning for the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and Superior Court of Justice (STJ). Duarte Garcia is likewise highly regarded for its legal advisory practice in the areas of Real Estate, Infrastructure and M&A, being frequently honoured by clients, other lawyers from around the country, international and national legal publications, and ranking organisations.

Administrative and infrastructure: Duarte Garcia has wide-ranging experience advising clients on public bids, public service concessions, public-private partnerships, privatisations, and use of public properties. The firm has a long run portfolio related to privatisations, defence on civil public actions and other enforcement measures in administrative and civil sanctions. Civil

Litigation and arbitration: The civil practice provides advice relating to the negotiation and drafting of contracts in general. Representation in judicial proceedings involving matters of civil and corporate law. The firm also has considerable experience in arbitration proceedings as active members of the State of São Paulo Trade Federation Arbitration Commission, the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, of the US-Brazil Chamber of Commerce and the International Chamber of Commerce.

Compliance and white-collar crime: The team is highly specialised working side-by-side with other practices to provide customised assistance in the implementation of compliance programs, enforcement of compliance policies, private investigations and defence on criminal matters. The white-collar team is experienced in advising and defending clients from police investigations and dawn-raids to petitioning in all levels of jurisdiction.

Corporate and M&A: Duarte Garcia advises in all areas of corporate and commercial law, including due diligence, incorporation of companies, M&A transactions, joint ventures, foreign investment.

Environment: The expertise of the environmental practice includes administrative and judicial litigation in addition to assistance regarding environmental restrictions and licensing imposed by federal, state and local laws.

Labour: Auditing for liability contingencies, negotiation of collective bargaining with work class associations and defence in labour courts are among the expertise of the labour practice. The team is highly specialised in labour claims relating to the health care industry, construction and real estate sectors.

Real estate: Assistance in land use and occupancy regulations, planning and structuring real estate transactions regarding residential, industrial and commercial developments, shopping centres, hotels, multi-use property and others. The firm also advises clients in the emission of financial instruments relating to the real estate market. The team is able to assist clients in the emission of all sorts of financial solutions directed to the property sector such as real estate securities and securitisation products.

Urban: Duarte Garcia has an interdisciplinary team focused on urban law and land occupation issues, having experts in both administrative law and the real estate particularities of municipal regulations. The firm assists clients in all stages of licensing and obtainment of urban authorisations in the administrative and judicial spheres.

Tax: The work of this practice includes tax litigation, preventive assistance and advice as to taxes concerning industrial, commercial and service activities. The firm particularly stands out for its record in tax disputes that affect a large variety of clients playing important roles in the real state and service sector, as a result of its intense practice in both administrative and judicial Courts. It is highly known for the successful implementation of tax strategies in a broad range of commercial and corporate operations.

Arbitration, Contract, International, Corporate Mário Sérgio Duarte Garciamariosergio@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 210
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure , Environment, Real Estate, Litigation, Corporate Marcelo Terramarceloterra@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Arbitration, Contract, Corporate Mário de Barros Duarte Garciamariogarcia@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 212
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure , Business Litigation and Compliance Luis Eduardo Menezes Serra Nettoserranetto@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 212
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure Francisco Ribeiro Gagofranciscogago@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 247
Administrative, Urban, and Infrastructure Paola M. Szanto Mendes dos Santospaolaszanto@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 213
Real Estate, Investment funds Guilherme Terragt@duartegarcia.com.br+55 11 4200 6600 - ext. 258
Environment, Litigation José Carlos Baptista Puolijosepuoli@duartegarcia.com.br5511 42006600 - ext. 251
Investment funds Helena Mendonça de Toledo Arrudahelenaarruda@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 294
Arbitration, Business Litigation and Compliance , Corporate Daniel Gustavo Magnane Sanfinsdanielsanfins@duartegarcia.com.br+55 11 42006600 - ext. 278
Arbitration, Business Litigation and Compliance , Contract, Corporate, Family and Succession Antonio Carlos Petto Juniorantonio@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 250
Environment, Business Litigation and Compliance Douglas Nadalini da Silvadouglasnadalini@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Labour Eliane Ribeiro Gagoelianegago@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
White Collar and Compliance Pedro Simõesps@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 236
Tax and Succession Roberto Junqueira de Souza Ribeirorobertoribeiro@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
Tax and Succession Jayr Viégas Gavaldão Juniorjayr@duartegarcia.com.br+5511 4200 6600 - ext. 303
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